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Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad

Jonathan Rosa


Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race examines the emergence of linguistic and ethnoracial categories in the context of contemporary US constructions of Latinidad. The book draws from more than 24 months of ethnographic and sociolinguistic fieldwork to analyze the racialization of language as a central form of modern governance. It focuses specifically on youth socialization to US Latinidad as a contemporary site of political anxiety, “raciolinguistic” transformation, and urban inequity. Rosa’s account studies the fashioning of Latinidad in a highly segregated Chicago high school whose ... More

Keywords: race, ethnicity, education, language ideologies, inequality, United States, Latinos, multilingualism, identity, (im)migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190634728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Rosa, author
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, Stanford University